HTC has today officially announced the launch of its eagerly awaited HTC Desire Z QWERTY Smartphone in India that features full QWERTY pop-hinge keyboard, and is powered by Android v2.2 (Froyo) with HTC’s Sense user interface that integrates a variety of multimedia and location-based enhancements and introduces HTCSense.com, a series of new connected HTC services.
Building on the unibody heritage of the HTC Legend, the HTC Desire Z QWERTY Smartphone is sculpted from a block of solid aluminum into a seamless compact frame and is powered by Android v2.2 (FroYo) upgrdable to Android v2.3 (Gingerbread) mobile operating system and features newly enhanced HTC Sense user interface with exciting new features.
The new HTC Sense experience offers a variety of enhancements that improve how people capture, create, share and access multimedia content.
With a newly created camera experience, people can record HD videos or capture and edit images with a variety of fun camera effects. With HTC Locations, a new differentiated online mapping experience, people have instant, on-demand mapping without download delays or incurring mobile roaming charges.
The enhanced HTC Sense introduces a new HTC application and widget called HTC Friend Stream which seamlessly integrate all of user’s social communication including Facebook, Twitter, and Flickr into one organised flow of updates, making it easier than ever to focus on what friends are doing as well as to view the images and links that they share.
The enhanced HTC Sense user interface also introduces broad improvements to applications including the browser, email client, IMs and others and includes a new newsreader application and widget, as well as a new seven-screen ‘Leap’ thumbnail view for quick and easy access to specific screens.
The new HTC Sense also includes a new integrated online e-reading experience utilizing a new e-book store powered by Kobo and a new, mobile-optimized e-reader that includes the ability to highlight, annotate and quickly search for definitions or translate unfamiliar terms.
Already available across India for the price of Rs. 25,990, the HTC Desire Z QWERTY Smartphone is quad-band GSM 850 / 900 / 1800 / 1900 and dual band 3G HSDPA 900/2100 Mhz network ready handset, and is the first phone to utilize the new 800-MHz Qualcomm MSM 7230 Processor for improved performance and battery life and is powered by Google’s latest Android v2.2 (FroYo) mobile OS upgradable to Android v2.3 after the release.
It also features Accelerometer sensor for auto-rotate, Proximity sensor for auto-power-turn-off, touch sensitive control panel and optical joystick, surrounded by a narrow button replaces the traditional trackball improving usability without interrupting its unique design.
The new HTC Desire Z Smartphone features a unique ‘pop hinge’ that opens to reveal a QWERTY keyboard for fast, convenient typing. HTC Desire Z’s keyboard also includes a variety of keyboard shortcuts and two customizable keys for providing instant access to common functions without the need to open menus.
The HTC Desire Z Smartphone comes with 1.5GB internal memory with 512-MB RAM and offers microSD card support of upto 32-GB expandable memory and it features 3.7-inches, 480 x 800 pixels hi-resolution LED backlit Capacitive Touchscreen display capable of 16 million colors.
Weighing only 180 gms, the HTC Desire Z Smartphone measures 119 x 60.4 x 14.2 mm and includes a 5.0 Megapixel Auto Focus camera with built-in LED flash, Face Detection and Geo-tagging capability offering maximum 2592 x 1944 pixels resolution. The camera also offers 720p HD video recording.
Available in single Black color, the new HTC Desire Z smartphone offers exhaustive data connectivity options including WiFi 802.11b/g/N wireless LAN, GPRS class 10, EDGE class 10 (236.8 kbps), Bluetooth 2.1 + A2DP wireless connection with FTP and OPP file transfer capabilities, 3G HSDPA 7.2Mbps, 3G HSUPA 2Mbps connection and microUSB 2.0 for wired connectivity.
Android v2.1 powered 3G ready HTC Desire Z Smartphone also features stereo FM radio with RDS, MP3 audio player MP3, AAC, AAC+, WMA formats, video media player supporting MP4, H.263/H.264 abd WMV9 formats. The handset offers Dolby Mobile Surround sound enhancement and sports 3.5mm audio out port.
Other features of HTC Desire Z Smartphone includes built-in GPS receiver with A-GPS support, Digital Compass, Java MIDP 2.0 support, a dedicated key for search application and is Adobe Flash 10.1 ready. It also includes applications such as Google search, Google Maps, Gmail, YouTube, Google Talk, and Google Picasa, full HTML browser, Email with push email and IM clients, besides dedicated application for social networking including Facebook, Flickr, and Twitter.
The HTC Desire Z also includes the new HTC Fast Boot that enables people to quickly make a call or check emails by shortening the time taken to complete the power-up sequence.
New HTCSense.com Service
HTC Sense introduces a number of key innovations including a series of connected services called HTCSense.com service that enhance people’s mobile experience on HTC phones.
With the new HTCSense.com service, users can simply manage their mobile phone experience from their HTC phone or personal computer. For example, people can easily locate a missing phone by triggering the handset to ring loudly, even if it is set to silent, or to flag its location on a map.
If the phone’s been lost or stolen, users can remotely lock the phone, forward calls and texts to another phone, send a message to the phone to arrange its return or even remotely wipe all personal data from it.
HTCSense.com makes it easy to setup a new HTC phone or access archived mobile content such as contacts, text messages and call history from a PC browser. People can also customize their phones with exclusive HTC content like wallpapers, HTC scenes, sounds or plug-ins.
The new HTC Desire Z QWERTY Smartphone comes with powerful 1300 mAh standard Li-ion battery that can provide upto 9.5 hours of talk time and 340 hours of standby time on 2G network.
Price and Availability
Android v2.2 Froyo powered HTC Desire Z smartphone is already available across India in single Black color for Rs. 25,990 with warranty.